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February 9, 2024

Delightful Dining: Nourishing Secrets at The Princeton

Category: Culinary

Author: Stephanie Edwards, Culinary Director

When it comes to senior living, there are a few factors to consider always. One of the main considerations should be food and the overall dining experience. With that comes the delicate balance of culinary creativity and nutritional precision, the nuanced dance that unfolds within our dining rooms. We are committed to the vitality, happiness, and longevity of those we serve at The Princeton Senior Living. Join us where the aroma of carefully prepared dishes mingles with the laughter of shared stories as we explore the significance of nutrition while unveiling some of the secrets behind our thoughtfully curated menus. 

I always exercise caution with the amount of salt I use in my dishes. I’ve discovered that flavor can be enhanced by incorporating herbs, spices, and other seasonings such as garlic, onion, basil, oregano, cilantro, cumin, and paprika instead of relying on salt. One thing I always keep in mind when cooking for my residents is to cook it as if I were doing it for my grandparents.

Health-Conscious Suggestion

If a health-conscious resident were to ask me to suggest an entrée, it would be vegetable Frittata for breakfast. I would recommend a salad with added protein, such as a marinated chicken breast or lunch catch of the day. Some items on my menu that focus on nutrition include gluten-free options on the daily menu and vegan options for the daily special. I would suggest plenty of healthy fruits, nuts, yogurt, and granola for residents needing to gain weight.

When dining out, I always consider my nutrition. It is very easy to grab the fresh bread they put on the table, but I’ve learned to ask them to bring it with dinner instead, so I will only have a little while I wait for my meal. My one guilty pleasure meal is pasta, pasta, and more pasta! I can’t get enough of it. Healthy snacking is essential as well. A healthy snack option is avocados. I eat them on almost everything.

What we’ve uncovered is more than a celebration of diverse flavors and textures. It’s a testament to the commitment to prioritize the nutritional well-being of our residents. The kitchen remains the heart of our senior living experiences. We hope the flavors shared resonate and linger in your thoughts. The creative spark in our kitchen isn’t just about pushing culinary boundaries. It’s about crafting delicious meals and a source of nourishment for our residents. I hope this inspires continued conversations about the importance of nutrition, creativity in culinary arts, and the everlasting impact they have on the lives of our older adults. 

The Princeton Senior Living in Lee's Summit, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Lees Summit Medical Center and St. Lukes East with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shamrock Hills Golf Club, Fred Arbanas Golf Course, Summit Fair Shopping, Summit Woods Crossing, Legacy Park StoneHaus Farms Winery, James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife, StoneHaus Winery, and Longview Lake.

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